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Awareness events highlighting Lymphatic cancer

Published: 12 Sep 2014

First up is World Lymphoma Awareness Day 2014, which gets underway on September 14th. The campaign has been running for a decade and - to mark the milestone - Executive Director of the Lymphoma Coalition Karen Van Rassel will be leading a 24-hour 'tweet-a-thon', aiming to spark a conversation about the cancer on Twitter.

In addition, specific events will be held in various countries globally and in the UK. The day will be directly followed by Lymphatic Cancer Awareness Week, which runs from September 15th to 21st.

Backed by the Lymphoma Association, the seven-day initiative seeks to raise awareness of what is the fifth most common form of cancer in the UK. It is encouraging volunteers to organise or participate in various fundraising initiatives, including tandem skydives and a Great British Tea Break - where friends and family make a donation in return for tea and cakes. Further activity taking place includes making a donation and going to work dressed in purple, a colour synonymous with the charity.

Despite being less well known when compared to some other forms of cancer, lymphoma - cancer of the lymphatic system - can affect all age groups, including children, and is still a devastating illness. However, the disease is treatable in many instances and most people diagnosed with lymphoma continue to live for many years.

This is where a private medical insurance (PMI) policy with Aviva can prove invaluable. More than 1 in 3 people in the UK will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime. Under our cancer pledge we will cover your client's cancer treatment as recommended by a specialist and any palliative care required, as well as offering extensive aftercare, for example dietician consultations.

You can read more about cancer and also find out about our cancer pledge on HealthcareZone.

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